Leonard Roberts

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Leonard Roberts
Leonard Roberts, 2006.jpg
Leonard Roberts (left) with Heroes co-star Noah Gray-Cabey (right) in 2006
Born (1972-11-17) November 17, 1972 (age 43)
St. Louis, Missouri
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996 - present

Leonard Roberts (born November 17, 1972) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Sean Taylor in Drumline and for playing Forrest Gates in the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and DL Hawkins in the first season of Heroes.

Early life[edit]

Roberts was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from University City High School and in 1995, Roberts graduated from DePaul University Theater School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting.[1]


He portrayed roles as Sean Taylor in Drumline and starring as Forrest Gates in the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He is also known among Smallville fans as playing the role of Nam-Ek, and D.L. Hawkins on the NBC science-fiction drama Heroes.


Year Film Role Other notes
1996 Due South Tyree Cameron
1996 Street Smarts Driver's Education Video Guardian Angel Gemma
1997 Love Jones Eddie Coles
Hoodlum Tyrone
1998 He Got Game D'Andre D. Winder
1999 The '60's Emmet Taylor
2000 Masquerade Otis
2001 Scam Gordie 17 minute short
2002 Joe and Max Joe Louis
Drumline Sean Taylor
2004 Walking on Sunshine Al
2006 The Last Adam Bobby Jackson
2007 F*ck You Pay Me! Darian Drake
2009 Red Sands Ryan
2012 Savages Frankie
2014 Drumline: A New Beat Sean Taylor
American Sniper SEAL Drill Instructor
2015 Love Is All You Need? Coach Thompson
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Turks Officer Tom May
Any Day Now Wade Garver
1999-2000 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Forrest Gates
2001 FreakyLinks Boomer Truman
JAG Lieutenant Crawford
2002 Providence (TV series) No character name given
2003 Tru Calling Blake
24 Guard Buchanan
2004 CSI: Miami Brad Foster
Threat Matrix Ibrahim Kureshi
NCIS P.O. Howard Carter
2005 Bones D.A. Andrew Levitt
2005-2006 Smallville Nam-Ek
2006-2007 Heroes D.L. Hawkins
2009 ER Police Officer
Private Practice Ryan
2010 Castle Special Agent Jason Avery
Criminal Minds Kaman Scott
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Kyle Decker
2011 Franklin & Bash Dante
2015 Agent Carter Happy Sam Sawyer


  1. ^ "Leonard Roberts (1990-2010)". IMDb. Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-03-19. 

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